Help Save the Zoe Theater
Wed, 09 May 2012 21:57:26 GMT —
It's not on the National Register of Historic Places just yet, but one Pittsfield group wants to bring an old theater back to life.
The Zoe Preservation Society wants to bring movies back to the silver screen.
Walk past the old theater and you can still see the price of admission, .$85 cents for adults. And if you look inside the front doors you can see the sign for fresh popcorn.
Yes it's been awhile since movies actually played on the silver screen at the Zoe Theater.
"The opportunity of having a working movie theater year round in Pike County is tremendous. It will also bring people back down around the square in Pittsfield. At one point the Zoe Theater was a cornerstone for entertainment ion downtown Pittsfield and we want to do that again," Kaye Iftner, who is the treasurer of the Zoe Preservation Society said.
Iftner said the group has been working on the building and raising funds to help renovate the old theater since 2008. Now they're using money from a couple of grants to get the process started to get the theater on the National Register of Historic Places and if they do, that could open up many more avenues for them to pursue to help in the renovation.
"Although it looks like it needs a lot of work, for a building that's been non operational since 1987, this building could easily be brought back to life," Iftner said.
The building itself is in pretty good shape. The marquis needs a little work as does the vitrolite glass panels that cover the front of the building. Iftner said it's not too often you see a three color mosaic tile pattern on a building like this. And she's hoping that the the group will be able to make sure the theater is like the glass panels and be a unique place for people to once again see their favorite movies.
The Zoe Preservation Society is also a 501c3 corporation and can accept tax deductible donations.
You can also find them on Facebook at Save The Zoe.
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